THE LINK TO CHILDREN

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Education

Location: 5236 Claremont Ave 2nd floor Oakland CA 94618 USA

Mission: TLC exists to promote the healthy emotional development of children 0-5 so that they will be able to learn to their fullest potential by providing on-site mental health services to childcare facilities in the Bay Area,mental health training to preschool teachers and childcare providers, and parent education. TLC is grounded in sensitivity to the diversity of the communities it serves.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This group really knows how to make an impact and takes a really strong and well placed position. It should all be for the children.

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Great benefit auction last year to raise funds for the organization. They do a great deal to help reach children who need it most.

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The stories the TLC employees relay about the work they are doing every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding!

Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate the work of The Link To Children (TLC). I had the opportunity to visit their space at 4 early childhood development centers. The Directors at the centers praise the work of TLC. Clients send in testimonials of life-changing progress as a result of TLC. Every development center could benefit from the work of TLC.



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a board member capacity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing. They are on the right track.

Rating: 5 stars  

We are the difference! TLC has been around for more than 15 years quietly intervening in the lives of young children and their families. Domiciled at child development centers in Alameda County, TLC has provided services through culturally sensitive trained staff at no cost to the families and communities served. We have been long-time partners with some child development centers since TLC’s inception assisting them in reaching out to their communities by nurturing and developing the young minds and bodies of tomorrow.

Once you’ve visited a partner site and seen the children and how TLC has played a role in making them feel safe, you begin to understand the impact that TLC has had in making a difference in our communities without much fanfare and publicity. The child development centers are very thankful for the partnership as they know they have a reliable and supportive partner that is there to help them, the children and the families they minister to on a daily basis.

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the hard work that is put in by the staff and Board to ensure the continuation of these outreach services for future generations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them to increase and expand their sources of funding to ensure the continuation of services for others.

Rating: 5 stars  

The Link to Children is a wonderful organization that provides a most needed early childhood mental health services to the diverse communities in Alameda County. TLC also provides individual, family and dyadic therapy to victims of violence.
I am fortunate to have been involved with TLC for many years and have seen positive changes in teachers, administrators, parents and children.
I am impressed by TLC's commitment to be culturally accountable in serving children and their families.

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Personally I have seen results in the work that clinicians have done with recent immigrant families. Clinicians create a safe space for the parents to bring their concerns and help them address the emotional needs of their children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of staff, interns and volunteers to serve more childcare centers. Increase the language/ cultural capacity of the staff to extend the services to other communities.

Rating: 4 stars  

The work that TLC is doing at the Fruitvale Elementary site personally impacts my family because my grandson is one of the clients and I can see the improvements in his speech (somewhat delayed for his age) due to working with the TLC staff person assigned there.

I believe the work that TLC is providing to Alameda County, ie play therapy for children, parent and teacher education class and early childhood behavioral mental health intervention, to families, caregivers and educators is much needed. Assisting children within their own unique cultural environments to develop tools to assist them in coping with today's stress indicators will build well-rounded adults who are able to rationally assess, adjust and thrive within our very dynamic society.

Kudos to all involved in providing this to our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have a grandson who works with TLC staff at Fruitvale Elementary School, Oakland, Ca

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I would give them more funding to expand and develop their program so that they could take on more interns from more varied and diverse backgrounds. I am sure that with adequate funding they could conduct more outreach to the universities and to people otherwise unable to participate in such an enriching program.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have been involved with TLC for some time. The organization is well run and nutures young children and their families in so many ways. It also has consistently trained several doctoral students in clinical psychology to evaluate children and to do play and family therapy for the greater bay area community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing children and families flourish and become more peaceful calm and have a clear sense of well being despite the stressful obstacles of low socio economic status, violent neighborhoods and long working hours.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

put the services into all preschools and child development centers in the city of Oakland.

Rating: 5 stars  


TLC developed our early intervention mental health model in 1996 to serve low income high risk children in Alameda County. I was on steering committee and then Board when we decided to pursue this model and organization. Fifteen years later we now provide prevention and early intervention services to over 600  children and their families at four subsidized child development centers and three centers in the Oakland Unified School District.   We also have an office at the Alameda County Family Justice Center in Oakland, a one stop service center for women and children escaping domestic violence. I have watched the organization grow and meets the needs of children, families and centers where these children spend a fairly large amount of their day. TLC services are located on-site where the children are enrolled. We are committed to supporting the healthy emotional development of young children within a culturally relevant context so they can learn to their full potential. I have been a witness to this accomplishment for 15 years. 

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Visiting centers and hearing the feedback from classroom teachers and interns.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of changes.

Rating: 5 stars  

A phenomenal organization that meets a great need in the community. The communities that TLC serves should make it a priority to help the organization expand services and touch more lives. As a former Board Member, I can say, with confidence, that the current leadership team is dedicated to its mission - I'm excited to follow TLC and its future accomplishments to come!

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my role as a former Board member.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

TLC is providing an opportunity for a young child to realize their full potential. By addressing concerns and challenges in the classroom or in every day life, they are given the tools to succeed in school and life.
TLC has offered information where there were questions. The therapist are a professional, committed group and I would recommend them highly!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing young children feel more confident and teachers and parents to value the children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more staff and see their reach way beyond Oakland, CA

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